Kristina Thomas, 42, a former Buffalo bank worker most recently living in Columbus, Ga., was sentenced today to serve a 32 month federal prison term by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara for her role in a check and credit card scam she was involved in at the HSBC Bank here. Thomas was convicted of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Maura K. O’Donnell and Edward H. White, the federal prosecutors on the case, said Thomas in 2005 and 2006 obtained checks and credit cards using stolen identifying information of a woman living in Illinois. She then joined with other in recruiting men and woman to cash the checks at various Buffalo banks and used the credit cards at various retailers in the city. The case was developed after an investigation by U.S. Postal Inspection Service agents, the prosecutors said.